[ man-dey-muh s ]
/ mænˈdeɪ məs /

noun, plural man·da·mus·es.

a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.

verb (used with object)

to intimidate or serve with such writ.

Origin of mandamus

From the Latin word mandāmus we command Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mandamus

/ (mænˈdeɪməs) /

noun plural -muses

law formerly a writ from, now an order of, a superior court commanding an inferior tribunal, public official, corporation, etc, to carry out a public duty

Word Origin for mandamus

C16: Latin, literally: we command, from mandāre to command
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